I live near downtown Brooklyn, where sidewalks are lined to the gills with what can best be described as “random stuff” for sale. On any given stroll one can find an array of sunglasses, fruit, CDs, jewelry, clothing, cell phone cases, skin creams, and, last but not least, books.


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A year before his death, Steve Jobs told me, with intentional irony, that one of the only things that ever got him to consider a behavior change was facing his own mortality.  Chances are you probably know more than one gifted, intelligent pal whose heart attack and bypass led to a...


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Tony Mendez received this Presidential challenge coin from Barack Obama when visiting the White House. While he was not there alone - he visited with about 20 other people receiving recognition for unique government service - he was the only one who was presented with this coin. The group...



Seeing Steve Jobs's life slip away was breathtaking, but the lessons offered can be life changing. It struck me as strange that I’d never seen him happier more often than in his last decade, which arguably was his hardest health-wise and yet his most successful professionally, as...


BECOMING A LEADER TAKES COURAGE AS WELL AS CREATIVITY. AND CREATIVITY TAKES PRACTICE





Being a leader is difficult. That’s why most of us end up taking direction from others in our professional lives. But the ranks of the self-employed are swelling, hinting that more people are...


A few posts back I explained how an author had contacted me about doing a guest post for her blog. I liked her approach because in her e-mail she obviously knew exactly who I was and had clearly read some of my work. I felt honored, not used, and I was happy to help her out. I even...


You wonder where your summer went? Me, too! If you’re a parent, you probably devoted endless hours shuttling your kids to different activities. I know my wife feels like the school year will actually be a break for her. Speaking at school district convocations throughout the country for the...


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A little known Robin Williams story

By Brian Lord, Posted August 11th 2015

Today marks one year since the legendary Robin Williams passed. In memory of this irreplacable talent, we thought we'd share this piece our Senior Vice President, Brian Lord, wrote and shared last year. Brian is a very gifted writer and you can read more of his creative and insightful...


Book descriptions can be an effective marketing tool, but they can also be tricky. Here are three keys to writing a good one:


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  1. Show, don’t tell: Much like an online-dating profile, if you toot your book’s horn too much, it’s a turnoff. If your book is funny, don’t...




There is a spotlight on cybersecurity like there hasn’t been in quite a while. Report after report streams into the public eye about the vulnerability of embedded health devices (such as pacemakers) as well as wifi-connected appliances, thermostats, security cameras, smart rifles...and...